MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) uses a magnetic field to acquire cross sectional images of your anatomy. Unlike conventional radiography and Computed Tomographic (CT) imaging, which make use of radiation (X-rays), MR imaging is based on the magnetic properties of atoms. Several sets of images are usually acquired, each one ranging in duration from 2 to 8 minutes.


During the scan it is important that you remain very still so that images are as clear as possible. A complete scan may take from 20 minutes to one hour. The radiographer performing the scan will explain the length of scan and answer any questions prior to entering the scan room. 


Galway Clinic has two Philips MRI scanners (1.5T and 3T ) within the Radiology Department. Designed with patients in mind, our MRI department has been developed for a wide diversity of patients with consideration of different physical conditions, age and size. Each scanner has different capabilities and can provide optimal imaging for a wide range of MRI scans.


Music can be played during your scan to help eliminate the inherent banging noise emitted by the machine while your scan is taking place.


Sometimes an injection of intravenous contrast (‘dye’) is required for certain scans. You will be informed if this is necessary and the radiographer will explain the procedure on the day of your scan.


Please note all patients must be referred by a GP or Consultant for a MRI scan. 


If you do not have private health insurance the self paying price for an MRI is €325.00 per body area.

If you have any queries about your MRI, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Radiology team who will be happy to answer any questions that you may have;

Freephone: 1800 123450 or email